Banished Love

Banished Love

by Ramona Flightner


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Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.


As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?


When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986050213
Publisher: Grizzly Damsel Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2014
Series: Banished Saga Series , #1
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Ramona Flightner is a native of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Spanish, she earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Her Master's thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people, highlighted her continued interest in the stories of those who were at risk of being forgotten or silenced.
She studied nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for ten years as a family nurse practitioner providing care to the poor and under insured at two community health centers, first in Wilmington, Delaware and now in Boston, Massachusetts.
An avid reader, she began writing three years ago. She enjoys the demands of research and relishes the small discoveries that give historical detail to her books.
Ramona is an avid flyfisher and hiker who enjoys nothing better than spending a day on a remote Montana river, far from a city. She enjoys research, travel, storytelling, learning about new cultures and discovering new ways of looking at the world. Though she resides in Boston, Massachusetts, Ramona remains a Montanan at heart.
Her dreams are to see the plains of East Africa, marvel at the wonder of Petra in Jordan, soak in the seas of the South Pacific, and to continue to spend as much time as possible with her family.
Banished Love is her first novel and is the first in the forthcoming Banished Saga.

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Banished Love 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate books with no ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After two chapters in the repeated over use of descriptive words drove me crazy...overkill...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half a star for just attempting to write a book. Totally disjointed concepts and the author's main character was strong and weak depending on the situation. The clumsiness part was so ridiculous that it made you want to skip the pages, which I did often. No redeeming value at all even for getting it for free. And the sales rank is absurd! Who is buying these types of books? Not to mention the cliff ending. No reason to spend time reading this one. Being brain dead would be the only way to read this book.
luvtoreadRD More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing, the ending left you hanging. You have to buy the next book to find out what happens. Had I known that I would not have wasted my money on this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good description of a recent past in this country. I enjoy the love story of Clarissa and Gabe. Can hardly wait for a continuation of their story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, great characters. Looking forward to next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wish it was more than part 1...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat reminscent of Jane Austen, Ramona Flightner's Banished Love paints a vivid picture of turn of the century Boston as young Clarissa Sullivan struggles to rebuild her life after humiliatingly being left at the altar. Nearly two years later, just when she thinks she has found peace and stabilty teaching Boston's underprivildged youths, Clarissa's life is once more thrown into turmoil when she quite literally crashes headlong into Gabriel McLeod, a carpenter hired to build a display in her uncle's store. The attraction between them is immediate, and Clarissa's uncle, sensing an opportunity to see his favorite niece finally have another chance at the happiness, companionship and romance she deserves,nudges Gabriel and Clarissa together by hiring Gabriel to do more work and engaging Clarissa's help in overseeing his interests in the projects. Conspiring against their blossoming romance, however, are both the unexpected reappearance of Clarissa's former fiance and society's rigid class lines. Mrs. Smythe, Clariss's new stepmother, is the one person in her family who seems to feel that Cameron's wealth, breeding, family connections and putative genteel occupation as an attorney (though there seems to be some question as to whether or not he actually works) are reason enough for Clarissa to forgive his transgressions and give him another chance. And Gabriel himself seems to question whether or not a mere carpenter is worthy of someone of Clarissa's station, perhaps fearing that associating with him would cause her grandparents to look down on her more than they already do because her mother beneath herself in their view. Will Clarissa forgive Cameron for breaking her heart and allow him to woo her back? Will Gabriel and Clarissa overcome society's rigid class distinctions and find true love with each other, or will they part ways and seek matches better suited for the roles they are expected to fill? I enjoyed the authentic dialogue and the wonderfully drawn and developed characters of Gabriel and Clarissa. Both are so authentic, genuine and human. Mrs. Smythe, in contrast, was a little uni-demensional, but as a foil and a minor character, that is hardly unexpected. The interwoven political and societal issues into the romance makes the story that much more intriguing. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series!
DNunley More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book a great deal! It described the characters and customs of the day in vivid detail. A great read. I had to go order the next book in this sequel. Gotta go now and read Reclaimed Love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Enjoyed reading it very much.
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I enjoyed this read
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